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1920s Main Street

1920s Main Street – Opening Mid-Summer 2020 at Sauder Village

1920s Main Street - West side of street
From advancements in transportation, communication and technology to changes in the economy and social past times, there are many unique stories to be shared about life in the 1920s. While our 1920s Main Street project replicates a portion of a Northwest Ohio main street, there are historical themes that are consistent across the nation. Guests visiting this next phase of our Walk Through Time will appreciate the importance of the 1920s as the beginning of the modern age. Dramatic social and political change was a hallmark theme of the 1920s. With cities and towns offering varied employment opportunities, for the first time more Americans lived in cities than on farms. The economic system of the country was changing as people became part of a more consumer society. People from coast to coast bought the same goods, listened to the same music and did the same dances! Political divisions arose between urban and rural communities, women secured the right to vote, and with the ratification of the 18th amendment, Prohibition curtailed some American freedoms.

At our 1920s Main Street, this era in our country’s history will come to life with personal stories, authentic reproduction buildings, historic artifacts, and unique, hands-on experiences. This exciting addition to the Walk Through Time experience is being made possible because of our donors and the generosity of all those who believe in our mission. Many of these buildings will be named & represent area businesses that were in operation during the 1920s.

While slated to open by mid-summer of 2020, donations and authentic furnishings are still needed in order to complete each business along the Main Street which will include the following new buildings: 

East Side Main Street
Ohio Farm Bureau Office – Founded in 1919, some of the organization's early goals included providing electric service to rural areas, crop insurance and helping pass legislation to assist farmers. Stop by this historic office to learn more about the role of the farm bureau in the early 1920s.

Farmers & Merchants Bank – What is a bank bond? How did paper and coin money exchanges evolve over time? This beautiful replica of an original downtown Archbold bank offers insights into the flourishing economic history of our country before the devastating financial Crash of 1929.

Schuck Jewelry Store –More than necklaces, rings, and watches, the jewelry store of the 1920s offered a wide array of high-end items including China sets, porcelain, eyewear, tea services, flatware, cuff link sets, cameras, electric lamps, and much more.

Stotzer Hardware Store – Evolved from the general mercantile store and harness shop, the 1920s hardware store offered tools and materials for almost any home or farmstead need. If it was not available, a customer could browse numerous catalogs and order right away.

West Side Main Street
Livery – Up until the advent and affordability of the automobile, the livery was an essential   transportation service with the use of horse and carriage for out of town travelers and locals. The 1920s brought about irrevocable change for the livery industry. Learn more as you meet our horses and explore the livery complete with tack, blacksmith tools and an office.

Fire Station – Developments made to the fire truck in the 1920s were a major technological advancement from the horse-drawn fire engines used since the 1870s. Featuring a 1923 Ford Model T fire engine and an 1893 hand pumper, Fire Station #1 on Main Street will offer an inside look at this transitional period of firefighting in the United States.

Wiederkehr Dry Goods Clothing Store – Moving away from an all-in-one shopping experience, in the 1920s, the Dry Goods store focused on ready-made items and sewing necessities for making clothing at home. Browse off-the-rack clothing, fancy linens, 1927 Butterick patterns and fashion magazines, buttons, stockings, shoes, and more.

Grocery Store – Depicting a “green grocer”, this shop will offer a look at what household staples were commonly sought after to meet every day needs beyond meat and fish. These goods included vegetables, cheeses, and prepackaged foods.

Theater – Engaging local people of all ages, silent films were the epitome of modern entertainment in the 1920s. Stop by to take a peek at what’s playing on the big screen! Beyond silent films, this space may be utilized by the public for special events and conferences.

Candy Store – Indulge your sweet tooth in delectable 1920s era candy brands including, Baby Ruth, Boston Baked Beans, Charleston Chews, Chuckles, Dubble Bubble, Dum Dums, Fruit Slices, Goobers, Sixlets and more!

Speakeasy – With Prohibition in full swing, secret illegal pop up bars known as Speakeasies provided an opportunity to enjoy drink and jazz. Located behind the Candy Store, our Speakeasy will offer special after-hours events and programming.

Soda Fountain/Pharmacy – Liquid carbonic soda fountains became common throughout the United States in the early 1900s due to pharmacist Jacob Baur’s new method of manufacturing carbon dioxide in tanks. Come and sip a cherry phosphate along with ice cream and other snacks at the Soda Fountain.

We are so thankful for the many friends who have contributed countless gifts of financial resources, artifacts and knowledge toward the development of the 1920s Main Street Community. If you have information, items or gifts that you would like to contribute to the project, please contact Sheri Friesner or Andy Brodbeck at 419/446-2541. 


Now Open! Second Phase of 1920s Main Street Community

Guests can now enjoy even more of the 1920s Main Street at Sauder Village! Part of the “Walk Through Time Experience," this new project replicates a portion of a 1920s Main Street typical to Northwest Ohio. Contractors continue to work on the Main Street project slated to open in Summer 2020. Follow this link to learn more: 1920s Main Street Project Updates
Auto Dealership and Gas Station (Building #34) - In the 1900s, the barbershop was one of the social centers of the community and provided a place to spruce up from your travels,  get a shave or a haircut. Modern public restrooms are included in this building.

Dr. McGuffin's Office (Building #33) - Dr. McGuffin built this office in nearby Pettisville in 1911. It features many of the medical instruments used by country doctors.

District 16 Schoolhouse (Building #39) - The original one-room school is typical of the type of rural schools attended by children in Northwest Ohio. 


NOW OPEN! First Phase of 1920s Main Street Community

Part of the “Walk Through Time Experience” at Sauder Village, this new project replicates a portion of a 1920s Main Street typical to Northwest Ohio.
Barbershop (Building # 35) - In the 1900s, the barbershop was one of the social centers of the community and provided a place to spruce up from your travels,  get a shave or a haircut. Modern public restrooms are included in this building.

Elmira Train Depot (Building # 36) - Trains first appeared in Northwest Ohio in the 1850s. This depot showcases the important role of the rail system.  The depot serves as a physical stop for the Erie ExpressTrain ride.

Community Plaza and Bandstand (Building # 37) - The community plaza and bandstand adjacent to the depot served as a sense of community pride. Original salvaged bricks from downtown Archbold were used to create the plaza at the depot. A traditional bandstand near the plaza will host special programming and events.

Caboose (Building # 38) - Once a vital part of the railroad, the caboose was the last car on the freight train and provided shelter for the crew.



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